3 Brampton teens arrested after string of armed robberies


An intense police hunt through two cities ended with the arrest of three teenagers from Brampton who police allege committed a series of armed robberies.

The first of the string of robberies took place in Mississauga on the evening of Dec. 29. These incidents occurred at a convenience store and a gas station. Police described the suspects as three males armed with handguns.

On Dec. 30 at 12:30 a.m., Halton Police responded to another armed robbery they believe was committed by the same suspects. This incident took place at a Petro Canada gas station at 8th Line and Upper Middle Rd. in Oakville.

An employee at the gas station said that three suspects armed with handguns stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing in a vehicle.

Around 1 a.m. police say the suspects robbed a Tim Horton’s at Wyecroft Rd. and Dorval Dr. in Oakville.

Police say a Tim Horton’s employee who was threatened and assaulted by the suspects during the robbery was not seriously injured.

Shortly thereafter, the three suspects were reported to have committed a carjacking in Mississauga. The stolen vehicle headed westbound on the QEW and later westbound on Dundas St. towards Waterdown.

Police followed the suspects to a stop in the area of Pier 25 in Hamilton where they arrested one person immediately.

The remaining two suspects were arrested shortly thereafter with the help of canine unit officers.

Police recovered loaded firearms after the arrest.

One of the suspects has been identified as 19-year-old Ashton Gangadeen from Brampton. Gangadeen and two young offenders have been jointly charged with six counts of robbery using a firearm and a number of other offences.

They have been held for a bail hearing.

Police is requesting anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2216 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222 8477 (TIPS).

31/12/2015 10:01  By: TORONTO STAR